It’s time to shake hands with Israel, your Majesty

By Sandy Rashty, May 21, 2015

The royal family is one of the most important institutions that Britain has at its diplomatic disposal. At the request of the government, the Queen — or a member of her family — may be sent on a state visit to a foreign realm as a sign of solidarity and good relations, or a commitment to building better relations despite countries being alienated by political differences.


It's now time for Israel to grow up and join up

By Geraldine Var Bueren, May 19, 2015

This is the barmitzvah year of the International Criminal Court. Now the court has reached maturity, it is appropriate for Israel to reconsider joining the majority of the world's states and becoming a member. It has been assumed that joining the ICC would open the door to litigation against Israel, but this can happen without Israel being a member.


We fail our children when we choose to isolate them

By Lianne Kolirin, May 14, 2015

There is set to be a sea-change in my son's life come September. Like most 11-year-olds across the country, he is anticipating the autumn with a mixture of nerves and excitement as he prepares to go from being the big fish in a little pool, to the tiny plankton in the great big ocean.


Herzl, the towering Zionist who has permeated my life

By Lord Weidenfeld, May 14, 2015

I am so proud to have been asked to become honorary vice-president of the remarkable institution, the World Jewish Congress. And I am deeply honoured also with this award, because Theodor Herzl is not just a figure in the tribal annals of the Jewish people; he is also a world figure.


Poignancy that spoke louder than any words

By Hon Vice Admiral Lord Sterling, May 8, 2015

When I was strolling through the gardens of the cemetery at Belsen at the huge Hohne Barracks of the British Forces in Germany, the sun was breaking through the heavy, rain-laden clouds, and one could feel the silence and a remarkable sense of peace.


How Limmud shines in the Russian dark

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, May 8, 2015

How bad is it? It's the question everyone asks when you return from Russia these days. Thirty years on from witnessing thousands of Refuseniks gathered on the steps of Moscow's Choral Synagogue, that question might be all that hasn't changed.


Congratulations you losers. You're free!

By Jeremy Brier, May 8, 2015

I've heard it said that not many people are sorry to say goodbye to Luton. But the night I drove away, at around 4am five years ago, there was a lump in my throat. I was leaving the count of the 2010 General Election where I had been roundly defeated in my first attempt to be elected to Parliament, following three years of street-pounding, door-knocking and after-dinner-speaking in Luton North.


The world-beating link between the Talmud and the bishops

By David Edmonds, May 2, 2015

At birth he was given the name Garry. Garry Weinstein. But that's not the name by which you'll know him.


No joke - you pampered Princes are worse than us

By Sandy Rashty, April 30, 2015

So commonplace are Jewish Princess jokes, I'm willing to wager that this week you would have made, heard or, like me, been the butt of one.


We're a richer community

By Josh Glancy, April 30, 2015

Flicking through the Sunday Times Rich List last weekend, I found myself pulling the usual trick of looking for Jewish names (only Jews and antisemites do this as far as I am aware).